Research funding opportunities

We support and promote paediatric child health research in the UK and internationally. Search our database of current and upcoming opportunities for projects and posts.

These opportunities are not managed nor endorsed by RCPCH. Though we do our best to ensure they are relevant and high quality, we cannot take any responsibility for their content or accuracy. If you have questions or would like to submit a joint funding application with the College, contact us on research@rcpch.ac.uk.

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Asthma UK - Innovation Grants

Smaller awards designed to allow for the exploration of original ideas in inherently novel priority asthma research areas and to stimulate innovation in asthma science.
Award programme/theme
Innovation award
Funding amount range
£50,001 to £100,000
Maximum duration
18 months

British Heart Foundation - New Horizon Grants

Designed to encourage scientists from outside traditional cardiovascular biology to engage in cardiovascular research and bring novel expertise to the field, and to develop new technologies, models or methodologies. Examples of such collaborations includes cooperatives between biologists and engineers, physicists, mathematicians etc.
Award programme/theme
Innovation award
Funding amount range
£250,001 to £500,000
Maximum duration
3 years

Cystic Fibrosis Trust - Venture and Innovation Award (VIA)

Designed to bring funding from external agencies into the field of cystic fibrosis research, the Venture and Innovation Awards (VIAs) support transformational and innovative research projects.
Award programme/theme
Innovation award

European Research Council (ERC) - Advanced Grants

Allows exceptional established research leaders to pursue groundbreaking, high risk projects that open new directions in their respective research fields or other domains.
Award programme/theme
Innovation award
Funding amount range
Over £500,000
Maximum duration
3-5 years
Submission deadline

European Research Council (ERC) - Proof of Concept Grant

Open to researchers who have already been awarded an ERC grant. This will be additional funding to establish the innovation potential of ideas arising from the ERC-funded research projects.
Award programme/theme
Innovation award
Funding amount range
£100,001 to £250,000
Maximum duration
18 months
Submission deadline

GSK / King's Fund - IMPACT Awards

The GSK IMPACT Awards recognise and reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing.
Award programme/theme
Innovation award
Funding amount range
Under £50,000
Submission deadline

Guts UK/BSG - Trainee Research Awards

These trainee research awards are open to speciality trainees, who are eager to conduct research or audit/quality improvement in any area of gastroenterology (including pancreatology and hepatology) or nutrition in relation to gastroenterology.
Award programme/theme
Innovation award
Funding amount range
Under £50,000
Submission deadline

Health Foundation - innovating for improvement

Aims to support innovative approaches and ideas. Projects should test and develop ideas and approaches to improve health and social care delivery or the way people manage their own health care in the UK.
Award programme/theme
Innovation award
Funding amount range
£50,001 to £100,000
Maximum duration
15 months

Kidney Research UK - Paediatric Innovation Grants

These awards are to support new areas of clinical or science research where initial pilot/supporting data is required prior to an application for a full Research Project award, in the field of the care and treatment of children with kidney disease.
Award programme/theme
Innovation award
Funding amount range
Under £50,000
Maximum duration
2 years

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) - Invention for Innovation (i4i)

To support the application of emerging technologies and demonstrate their usefulness and broader applicability within clinics.
Award programme/theme
Innovation award
Funding amount range
Over £500,000